About Far, Far Away:
In a land far, far away… In a distant galaxy… Once upon a time…
These are all ways to begin fantastical tales of love and adventure. Gateways into the realms of imagination. In this anthology, we bring together authors from all over this world to transport you into the worlds they’ve created.
Travel through space and experience infinity three hours at a time. Explore dangerous caverns for the source of a deadly disturbance. Get stranded on a mysterious island from which no one returns, then learn to survive on a distant planet while you hope for rescue.
In this far-reaching, magical collection love allows you to see in colour, time is vast but fragile, and changing minds and hearts in Ancient Rome is only one stop on an epic journey across time, space, and reality.
Stories Included in the Anthology:“Piece of Mind” by L.R. Braden
It’s 2021. The pandemic drags on and we’re all stuck inside. Blegh. Reality sucks.
So why not take this opportunity to escape into fiction?
A year ago we ran a contest and we asked writers to submit stories set in other times, places, and versions of reality. Then we had our judges pick the best ones to include in this anthology.
Therefore, the seven stories you are about to read are windows into other worlds, but also into the minds of eight extremely creative and talented individuals. We’ve included their bios and a few words from each of them so you can get to know the people who have created such imaginative stories to take us far, far away, if only for a little while.
So pack your bags, or don’t because you won’t be needing them for this journey. Instead, sit back, relax, and turn the page to find distant galaxies, alien cultures, mysterious magical islands, unknown planets, the value of colour, the fragility of time, and the fickle nature of fate.
In the era of climate change, what person with an imagination does not look on plans for a new subdivision or a career or a family without often thinking, What does it matter, ultimately? The world is going to end.
This notion of finding purpose in the face of doom has always dwelled in a cold place at the core of the human experience, since every individual eventually asks themselves: Does anything I do matter? I’ll eventually be dust, forever. To me, this has always suggested the ancient conceit of life as a voyage—a voyage that is typically long and comfortable and even wondrous, but which is slated to end in destruction as surely as though the port of disembarkation were stamped as ‘Death’ on one’s boarding ticket.
What tale, though?
I did not want to write a story that only diagnosed this sense of doom. Too obvious. Yet, I also did not want to write a story with a pat solution. Too disrespectful. So the idea of a doomed voyage languished in my imagination for a time. Finally, I just wrote it and let the passengers find their own way on our behalf.
Bio: Buddy Young is a staff writer and a writing educator living in London, Ontario, and the long-time president of the London Writers Society.
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